Iraqi Christian leaders plead for government protection in Mosul
February 22, 2010
Church leaders in Iraq have issued a statement demanding government action to end a campaign of violence against Christians in Mosul. A joint message from Catholic and Orthodox prelates calls attention to "a premeditated plan to place pressure on Christian Churches, to achieve a certain agenda." Decrying the failure of government officials to take effective action despite five execution-style murders within a week, the Church leaders said that the lack of security creates "the impression that we are unwanted in this city, which is our homeland."
"We need international intervention to push the central and local government to act immediately,” Archbishop Georges Casmoussa of Mosul told the Fides news service.